Keywords

marriage, parenting norms, work expectations, parents, children

Abstract

Qualitative and quantitative research has suggested that married couples handle the increasing demands of intensive parenting norms and work expectations by reducing spousal time (e.g., the time that spouses spend alone with each other). Using nationally representative time-diary data, this study examined whether married individuals with children at home lost more spousal time in the years 1975–2003 than individuals without children at home. The analyses showed that on average married individuals have reduced their spousal time by 50 minutes a day. Contrary to expectations, however, individuals with minor children at home had lower time declines than individuals without children. The strategies that assisted married individuals with children to protect their spousal time differed between weekdays and weekend days.

Original Publication Citation

Dew, J. P. (2009). Has the marital time cost of parenting changed over time? Social Forces, 88, 519–541.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2009-12-01

Publisher

Social Forces

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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